When Superintendent Guthrie met with the North Carroll High School staff to attempt to explain why our school most needed to be closed in the county, he gave us a myriad of reasons why other schools should remain open. His top reasons for keeping Winters Mill open were that their academy model building was not conducive to a middle school team model and transforming the building into an elementary-middle combination would require unnecessary expenditures. Those are misleading reasons. Academy and team models are nearly identical, so the building would be more conducive to a middle school than any other. After he specifically cited unnecessary expenditures like replacing standard bathroom fixtures with kiddie toilets, he then suggested — as a means to appease the NC community — that our school and Manchester Valley could always agree to rename the new combined school. Certainly new signage, floors, murals, and entirely new uniforms for athletics, chorus and band will cost more than kiddie toilets. Why is it inappropriate to spend money to convert one school but perfectly acceptable to spend far more money closing another? "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark."